Fast and furious roller coasters and thrilling rides are just the thing big kids and adventurous adults are looking for at theme parks, however, when it comes to the younger members of the family there is a need to visit a theme park that caters for their age group. In this article we are going to look at three family-friendly theme parks and what they have to offer the smaller members of the family:
Sesame Place, Philadelphia
Based entirely on the Sesame Street, Sesame Place is a super-cute amusement park located in Philadelphia, USA, featuring a number of amazing scaled-to-size rides perfect for all the little ones who visit, as well as a number of shows and character appearances from the popular PBS children’s show. What’s more, the theme park includes a musical starring Elmo himself, a character parade that happens daily, and both wet and dry play areas to keep the kids thoroughly amused. For those kids who are brave daredevils, there are a few scary rides – including the Vapor Trail roller coaster that features a number of gentle twists and turns. For those who would rather stick to the more gentle rides, there is an array of whirling rides and splashingly fun slides that should not be missed.
LEGOLAND® Dubai, UAE
The ultimate destination in the Middle East for families with children aged from 2 – 12, LEGOLAND® Dubai gives children an exciting a number of hands-on experiences that families can take part in together through LEGO® themed adventures, interactive rides, waterslides (at LEGOLAND® Dubai Water Park), models and building experiences. LEGOLAND® Dubai provides children with a Dubai theme park just for them, with over 40 LEGO® themed rides, shows, and attractions that are both indoor and outdoor (making it the perfect location for year-round visits), six themed lands – including Factory, LEGO® City, Imagination, Kingdoms, Adventure and Miniland (all of which have their own dedicated theme and rides), 15 000 LEGO® models, and over 60 million LEGO® bricks, making it the ultimate playground for children who are mad about these multi-coloured bricks.
Magic Kingdom, Florida
The number one theme park destination for families with kids is undoubtedly Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida, USA. Suitable for every person, no matter their age, the Magic Kingdom combines fantasy and magic with character appearances, thrilling rides and mesmerising shows. The little ones can enjoy the selection of very tame rides – soaring high with Dumbo the Flying Elephant, helping Buzz Lightyear in Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and meeting all of their favourite Disney characters – and with the help of the theme park’s Rider Switch program, parents can enjoy the rides that are too mature for their children without having to wait. What’s more, the theme park has a baby centre with dedicated and special feeding areas, changing tables, and more, ensuring that each and every family member has exactly what they need while visiting the magical place.
Theme parks are not all about adrenaline pumping roller coasters, heart-stopping vertical drops, and screaming until you lose your voice – although for some it’s all about those three aspects – for families they are a chance to spend time with your children, seeing them enjoy themselves and having fun together, and the three theme parks above are great examples of where you should visit to do just that.